Stephen Ministry

having compassion for others

Thank you for taking the time to check out Stephen Ministry at Crossroads Church. Stephen Ministry is a vital part of our work, as it trains people in our church to offer confidential spiritual and emotional support to those who are hurting and suffering. Whether it is the death of a loved one, an unexpected diagnosis, adjusting to an empty nest, or anything in between, a Stephen Minister is there to help!


How do I become a Stephen Minister?

Those who wish to become a Stephen Minister must fill out the application (either electronically or print it and turn it in), have an interview with Stephen Leaders, pass a background check, and complete the 50 hours of training that takes place over the course of about 5 months. Applications will start being accepted in June, and trainings start every year in September.

What does it look like to have a Care Receiver?

After training is completed we will pair you up, one on one with a Care Receiver (men with men and women with women), and you will meet with them once a week for about an hour. Care relationships can last between 2 months and 2 years.

What do I have to know in order to become a Stephen Minister?

The main qualities that we look for in Stephen Ministers are a caring heart, a listening ear, a growing relationship with Christ, and a proven trustworthiness. We believe that Christ is the cure giver, as we are the care givers. We do not try to fix anyone. We are not licensed counselors. We are not spiritual directors. We do not sit across from our Care Receivers and preach to them. Stephen Ministry is mostly about listening, supporting, encouraging and simply just being a trustworthy presence in the life of someone who’s hurting.

How will I be supported as a Stephen Minister?

Every month we have Supervision Groups. This is a group of Stephen Ministers who get together and have facilitated discussion about how their care relationships are going as well as a time to bring up challenges and issues that you may be facing. Our Supervision groups are great places of care and support for Stephen Ministers as we care for others. We will also include some continuing education topics during Supervision Group nights.

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Being a Stephen Minister has been one of the best things I have ever done. The extensive and thorough training was excellent and prepared me to be an effective and compassionate servant as I minister to those who are facing difficult times in their lives. I found it to be very satisfying to share the love of Jesus with my Care Receiver through being engaged, sharing of scripture and through prayer. - Audrey

Are you hurting and in need of a Stephen Minister?

There are events in life that require long-term healing and recovery. Whether it’s after the death of a spouse or child, or after a life-dream has been shattered or a significant job loss, long-term care may be needed. Stephen Ministers are available to walk with people through these difficult seasons for the long-term. If you are interested in taking on a Stephen Minister contact